Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Chase Utley remains a very popular person in Philly.

Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of causing a disturbance at a sporting event, and has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron during a May 30th game threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt. In 2014 Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season for the second time in his career. He is the first Dodger pitcher to win 20 game twice since Claude Osteen in 1969 and 1972.
  • Happy Birthday, Sadie McMahonJack RyanRed BarkleyDuke SniderJoe FergusonScott BakerCharlie Haeger!

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Topps Heritage High Number - The Dodgers Cards

Now that you've seen the base cards, here are the rest of the Dodgers'. Featured below are all of the Dodger inserts, relics and autographed cards found in packs of 2017 Heritage High Number.

Of note, there is a Corey Seager Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relic card available that is not listed on Topps official checklist for this set. I've added a pic below.

Real One Autographs

#ROA-AT Toles                 #ROA-CB Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 9/18/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I want to send out a hearty congratulations to the Dodgers Rookie-Level minor club, the Odgen Raptors, for their first ever Pioneer League Championship victory yesterday. Per William Boor at MLB.com; "Uceta helps lift Ogden to first Pioneer League title."
Mitchell Hanson, who had been just 2-for-10 in the postseason, put the Raptors on the board early with a two-run double in the top of the first. Hanson's hit got the offense rolling and the Raptors broke the game open with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings via RBI hits from Brayan Morales, Connor Heady, Luis Paz and Romer Cuadrado. With the offense rolling, it was up to Edwin Uceta and the rest of the Raptors' pitchers to keep the Voyagers' offense in check and that's exactly what happened.
Per Michael Leboff & Andrew Battifarano at MiLB.com:
"We said very little in between games, the players dominated the dialogue," Raptors manager Mark Kertenian said. "They just got ready to get back to work and that's very characteristic of this group."
"They were fired up," Kertenian said. "They're happy for each other and they're enjoying each other. These guys understand that they are part of a good baseball team. They cared for each other and challenged each other, everybody feels very involved right now and they're expressing that."
Photo above of the team travelling home after winning via the Raptors on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #613 -- Bellinger Ties NL Rookie Homer Record

After sitting on the bench for eleven days due to a sprained ankle in mid-August, Cody Bellinger is back to his homer hitting ways. Last night he walloped his 38th home run of the year to tie a National League mark for homers by a rookie. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Roberts said Bellinger now has his legs back under him "literally and figuratively," although Bellinger said he doesn't believe he wasn't himself as soon as he was activated. 
"He's taking really good swings, moving well, in the batter's box he's staying inside the strike zone," said Roberts. "For him, it's not about left-handers or right-handers. To have him in the order to slug or take a walk to keep the line moving, he's a big part of our offense."
No doubt he'll be the record holder soon. To commemorate this newest achievement a new Topps Now card has been issued. Go here to check it out and order. Per the description on the reserve:

Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Topps Heritage High Number - Dodgers Base, Variation and Parallel Cards

Topps 2017 Heritage High Numbers Baseball was released earlier this week, and below is a look at all the Dodger cards in the base set. Go here for a complete checklist. This set includes Cody Bellinger's first Heritage card.

Base Set

#507 Brandon McCarthy

#528 Logan Forsythe

Blog Kiosk: 9/15/2017 Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

There's nothing like spending the afternoon sitting on the grass at your favorite ballpark.

Featured above is a vintage 1919 NEA press photo (ebay link) of several Brooklyn Dodger players relaxing before a game. It is date stamped August 27th, but likely comes from the prior day when they played a twin-bill against the Cardinals. I have no idea who is in the photo, but I figure Zach Wheat has got to be hiding there somewhere.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1946 the second game of a doubleheader between the Dodgers and Cubs at Ebbets Field is postponed during the fifth inning due to a giant swarm of gnats attacking the field and players. In 1978 the home attendance at Dodger Stadium of 47,188 fans marks the first time in Major League history that a team has drawn more the three million rooters at home.
  • Happy Birthday, Doc BushongBud ClancyFritz OstermuellerCharley SmithJim Barbieri!